Pope Francis 'not well' as he struggles to read speech at The Vatican


The pope asked an aide to read his speech for him at his weekly audience in the Vatican on Wednesday, with the 86-year-old "not well" enough, Paralel.Az reports citing SkyNews.

Pope Francis, who on Tuesday canceled a three-day trip for COP28 in Dubai scheduled for the weekend, coughed near the end of the hour-long audience with the public as he made some final comments.

He then stood up from his chair in the Vatican's auditorium to give his blessing, and with a voice barely above a whisper he said "since I am not well" his reading would not sound "pretty".

The Vatican says his condition has improved, but noted he had the flu and "inflammation of the respiratory airways".